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The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by RoomService » Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:01 pm

I’m curious what the earliest cover of a KISS song to appear on a record, cassette, etc. would be.

I picked up an 8-track from 1976 with a cover of Hard Luck Woman. The 8-track is a compilation of then-current top 40 hits as performed by The GMC Pick Hit Artists. These types of releases were common at the time, but I was surprised to see HLW on this one.

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by Mr Slow » Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:09 pm

I guess that counts as a cover. I didn’t really hear about any until Skid Row & Anthrax started doing them in the 80’s.

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by Deuce1231 » Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:19 pm

The Replacements covered Black Diamond in 1984. That's about as early as I know of...

EDIT: Having listened to this cover for the first time in ages, I'd say it's safe to say Paul Westerberg made Kurt Cobain sound like Paul Stanley in comparison to Nirvana's cover of Do You Love Me... :lol:


Or click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4RyjwIdwxc

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by In the Suds » Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:28 pm

Deuce1231 wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:19 pm
The Replacements covered Black Diamond in 1984. That's about as early as I know of...

EDIT: Having listened to this cover for the first time in ages, I'd say it's safe to say Paul Westerberg made Kurt Cobain sound like Paul Stanley in comparison to Nirvana's cover of Do You Love Me... :lol:


Or click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4RyjwIdwxc
This cover is amazing.

Paul Westerberg is a great singer and The Replacements are one of the greatest bands of all time.

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by Deuce1231 » Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:39 pm

In the Suds wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:28 pm
Deuce1231 wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:19 pm
The Replacements covered Black Diamond in 1984. That's about as early as I know of...

EDIT: Having listened to this cover for the first time in ages, I'd say it's safe to say Paul Westerberg made Kurt Cobain sound like Paul Stanley in comparison to Nirvana's cover of Do You Love Me... :lol:


Or click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4RyjwIdwxc
This cover is amazing.

Paul Westerberg is a great singer and The Replacements are one of the greatest bands of all time.
That may very well be true in your humble estimation, but Westerberg couldn't seem to get half the lyrics right. I guess that goes with their M.O. anyway, piss off the audience just because they can...

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by Kisscandinavia » Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:25 pm

It was a Finnish band DEAD END 5 in the mid 70's.
I don't remember which song it was. Maybe Let me go R&R.
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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by Where's Drago? » Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:31 pm

Don't forget Phil Lewis's and Phil Collen's 'Girl' who covered Do You Love Me for their debut LP in 1980.

Also released as a single.

This has to be the first KISS cover released as a single?

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Post by patrock » Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:09 pm

The earliest one I know of is RARAN on this weird album called Convoy: 20 Classic Hits by C.B. Radio Music Ensemble which I think was released originally in 1978. I found it in the 80's though I know almost nothing about the record or where it came from and a web search is not doing me much good. I unfortunately don't have access to my actual copy of it at the moment to get the info but someone posted this to YouTube

https://youtu.be/fV7_97ZS3sE

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by Hellbastard » Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:20 pm

Kisscandinavia wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:25 pm
It was a Finnish band DEAD END 5 in the mid 70's.
I don't remember which song it was. Maybe Let me go R&R.
I was about to mention this.

And yes, it was "Let me go". The translation was called "WC-paperi 75".

And it's on Youtube.

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by Ferdinand Cesarano » Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:25 pm

Here's Van Halen covering "All The Way" in a live performance dated to 1975.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=WuWXhiJtpCA

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by Planet Caravan » Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:46 pm

Ferdinand Cesarano wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:25 pm
Here's Van Halen covering "All The Way" in a live performance dated to 1975.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=WuWXhiJtpCA
yeah I was going to say VH used to do covers of KISS songs in their early bar & backyard party days.

Although this thread is more about recorded covers.

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by Kisscandinavia » Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:50 pm

Hellbastard wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:20 pm
Kisscandinavia wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:25 pm
It was a Finnish band DEAD END 5 in the mid 70's.
I don't remember which song it was. Maybe Let me go R&R.
I was about to mention this.

And yes, it was "Let me go". The translation was called "WC-paperi 75".

And it's on Youtube.

Yeah! That's it! The funny thing is that the title means "Toilet paper 75" :D :D :D :D

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by DJ Sterling Golden » Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:53 am

I did a similar thread here a while back. Someone posted a 1977 cover of Hard Luck Woman by an all female band from Japan.

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by DJ Sterling Golden » Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:57 am

Deuce1231 wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:19 pm
The Replacements covered Black Diamond in 1984. That's about as early as I know of...

EDIT: Having listened to this cover for the first time in ages, I'd say it's safe to say Paul Westerberg made Kurt Cobain sound like Paul Stanley in comparison to Nirvana's cover of Do You Love Me... :lol:


Or click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4RyjwIdwxc
I actually prefer this Replacements cover over the Nirvana one. I first heard Nirvana's cover of Do You Love Me when I was 14, before Nevermind was out, and thinking at the time they were the absolute worst band I ever heard in my life. :lol: Seriously if this was meant to be an irreverent cover it isn't funny, it's just horrendous. Nah Replacements get the win.

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by BC Witch » Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:50 am

In terms of an actual band covering KISS (as opposed to one of those 'hits of 1975 performed by...' type things) then that Dead End 5 song seems a definite contender for the first recorded KISS cover. It's pretty good in it's own way too...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nf_k4zpvlA

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by BC Witch » Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:04 am

Not the earliest but certainly early. A 1981 cover of IWMFLY. I'd heard for years that a female artist had covered the song in the 80s but never found out who until now. The wonder and power of Google!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6-KdZB27q4

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by totiefields » Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:12 am

There was an elevator music cover of Beth pretty early. Group has the word Strings in their name, can't remember it exactly.

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by Potato Salad » Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:19 am

DJ Sterling Golden wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:53 am
I did a similar thread here a while back. Someone posted a 1977 cover of Hard Luck Woman by an all female band from Japan.
HLW must be a popular song over there. Numerous Japanese groups have done covers of it, and there's an episode of Cowboy Bebop named after it.

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by douglasroads » Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:45 am

The Japanese band was called Girls, which makes them hard to google, and Discogs lists their name in Japanese text making it harder still. I have both their albums, they are, shall we say, a curiosity. They cover ‘Hard Luck Woman’ on their 1977 debut alongside songs by Blondie and The Runaways. They were totally modelled after the Runaways with their lead singer wearing a corset and stockings. Curiously they were on the same label as the Runaways, Phillips, and at the same time too.

Nowhere near as early but Redd Kross did a great version of ‘Deuce’ on their ‘Teen Babes From Monsanto’ album in 1984.

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Post by andreww1962 » Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:53 am

RoomService wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:01 pm
I’m curious what the earliest cover of a KISS song to appear on a record, cassette, etc. would be.

I picked up an 8-track from 1976 with a cover of Hard Luck Woman. The 8-track is a compilation of then-current top 40 hits as performed by The GMC Pick Hit Artists. These types of releases were common at the time, but I was surprised to see HLW on this one.
Hard Luck Woman wasn't written in 1976.

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Post by Ted Maul's Paradise » Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:58 am

I've posted this before, but it makes me. :) Big band leader, James Last from his "The Non Stop Dancing Sound Of The 80's" album....


Or click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYZpZuF-W3M

....*Actually released in '79 and frequently found in all good (and bad) charity or 'thrift' stores.

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by Evo999 » Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:00 am

andreww1962 wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:53 am
RoomService wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:01 pm
I’m curious what the earliest cover of a KISS song to appear on a record, cassette, etc. would be.

I picked up an 8-track from 1976 with a cover of Hard Luck Woman. The 8-track is a compilation of then-current top 40 hits as performed by The GMC Pick Hit Artists. These types of releases were common at the time, but I was surprised to see HLW on this one.
Hard Luck Woman wasn't written in 1976.
It's on Rock and roll Over which I believe was release in Nov of 76 so it had to be written before that......

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by RoomService » Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:20 am

andreww1962 wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:53 am
RoomService wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:01 pm
I’m curious what the earliest cover of a KISS song to appear on a record, cassette, etc. would be.

I picked up an 8-track from 1976 with a cover of Hard Luck Woman. The 8-track is a compilation of then-current top 40 hits as performed by The GMC Pick Hit Artists. These types of releases were common at the time, but I was surprised to see HLW on this one.
Hard Luck Woman wasn't written in 1976.
The 8-track I have is dated 1976 on the label.
RARO was released in 1976.

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Post by gappvembe » Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:54 am

BC Witch wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:50 am
In terms of an actual band covering KISS (as opposed to one of those 'hits of 1975 performed by...' type things) then that Dead End 5 song seems a definite contender for the first recorded KISS cover. It's pretty good in it's own way too...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nf_k4zpvlA
Looking it over, I believe this is the one.

https://www.kiss-related-recordings.nl/ ... sions.html

https://www.facebook.com/groups/128569721504/

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Post by gappvembe » Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:02 am

RoomService wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:20 am
andreww1962 wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:53 am
RoomService wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:01 pm
I’m curious what the earliest cover of a KISS song to appear on a record, cassette, etc. would be.

I picked up an 8-track from 1976 with a cover of Hard Luck Woman. The 8-track is a compilation of then-current top 40 hits as performed by The GMC Pick Hit Artists. These types of releases were common at the time, but I was surprised to see HLW on this one.
Hard Luck Woman wasn't written in 1976.
The 8-track I have is dated 1976 on the label.
RARO was released in 1976.
If you have more info, pics, etc. Jelle would be interested in it. Anyway to upload it?
https://www.kiss-related-recordings.nl/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/128569721504/




I'm guessing it's similar to this:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Willie-Nelson- ... Swe0tcY-rU
https://www.ebay.com/itm/V-A-8-Track-19 ... SwywRaLYbz

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Post by BC Witch » Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:22 am

How about this for a crazy listen?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE8N3e08qIw

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by BC Witch » Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:24 am

Ted Maul's Paradise wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:58 am
I've posted this before, but it makes me. :) Big band leader, James Last from his "The Non Stop Dancing Sound Of The 80's" album....


Or click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYZpZuF-W3M

....*Actually released in '79 and frequently found in all good (and bad) charity or 'thrift' stores.
Check this out! I fkn LOVE James Last. He actually does very spirited versions of stuff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY67TMZxXas

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by BC Witch » Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:27 am

totiefields wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:12 am
There was an elevator music cover of Beth pretty early. Group has the word Strings in their name, can't remember it exactly.
Living Strings!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N29K1L7FkMo

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Post by RoomService » Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:35 am

BC Witch wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:27 am
totiefields wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:12 am
There was an elevator music cover of Beth pretty early. Group has the word Strings in their name, can't remember it exactly.
Living Strings!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N29K1L7FkMo
This would have been my guess. Given the success of Beth at the time, I thought there must be one of these versions that would predate the copy of HLW that I’ve found.

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Post by RoomService » Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:40 am

gappvembe wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:02 am
RoomService wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:20 am
andreww1962 wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:53 am
RoomService wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:01 pm
I’m curious what the earliest cover of a KISS song to appear on a record, cassette, etc. would be.

I picked up an 8-track from 1976 with a cover of Hard Luck Woman. The 8-track is a compilation of then-current top 40 hits as performed by The GMC Pick Hit Artists. These types of releases were common at the time, but I was surprised to see HLW on this one.
Hard Luck Woman wasn't written in 1976.
The 8-track I have is dated 1976 on the label.
RARO was released in 1976.
If you have more info, pics, etc. Jelle would be interested in it. Anyway to upload it?
https://www.kiss-related-recordings.nl/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/128569721504/




I'm guessing it's similar to this:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Willie-Nelson- ... Swe0tcY-rU
https://www.ebay.com/itm/V-A-8-Track-19 ... SwywRaLYbz
I’ll work on uploading this version of HLW. I don’t have a component-type 8-track player with an rca output. All I currently have are a small Panasonic TNT player and a Mego 2-XL Talking Robot. I could easily place a condenser mic in front of the speaker and record it that way, but it won’t sound the greatest.

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Post by caligari » Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:52 am

In the Suds wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:28 pm
Deuce1231 wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:19 pm
The Replacements covered Black Diamond in 1984. That's about as early as I know of...

EDIT: Having listened to this cover for the first time in ages, I'd say it's safe to say Paul Westerberg made Kurt Cobain sound like Paul Stanley in comparison to Nirvana's cover of Do You Love Me... :lol:


Or click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4RyjwIdwxc
This cover is amazing.
Amazingly Bad... Musically and vocally.

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by Deuce1231 » Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:05 am

How could we have forgotten this gem? :mrgreen:

Although Lynda Carter was the stuff every red-blooded American male dreamed of in the day.... :mrgreen:


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Post by In the Suds » Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:06 am

caligari wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:52 am
In the Suds wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:28 pm
Deuce1231 wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:19 pm
The Replacements covered Black Diamond in 1984. That's about as early as I know of...

EDIT: Having listened to this cover for the first time in ages, I'd say it's safe to say Paul Westerberg made Kurt Cobain sound like Paul Stanley in comparison to Nirvana's cover of Do You Love Me... :lol:


Or click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4RyjwIdwxc
This cover is amazing.
Amazingly Bad... Musically and vocally.
Wrong. It's great.

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by caligari » Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:36 am

In the Suds wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:06 am
caligari wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:52 am
In the Suds wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:28 pm
Deuce1231 wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:19 pm
The Replacements covered Black Diamond in 1984. That's about as early as I know of...

EDIT: Having listened to this cover for the first time in ages, I'd say it's safe to say Paul Westerberg made Kurt Cobain sound like Paul Stanley in comparison to Nirvana's cover of Do You Love Me... :lol:


Or click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4RyjwIdwxc
This cover is amazing.
Amazingly Bad... Musically and vocally.
Wrong. It's great.
Okay... why is it great?
They are not playing the correct notes to the main theme, the lyrics range from wrong to gibberish, the overall performance is very sloppy.
What makes it “great” for you?

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by In the Suds » Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:18 am

If someone doesn't understand great rock and roll when they hear then I can't explain it to them. Sorry.

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Re: The earliest cover of a KISS song?

Post by ZachAttack » Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:24 am

"Convoy: 20 Of Today's Hits" from 1976

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Post by caligari » Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:30 am

In the Suds wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:18 am
If someone doesn't understand great rock and roll when they hear then I can't explain it to them. Sorry.
That's a great Empty Non-Answer. So much for a conversation...

So, your definition of "great rock and roll" is less than marginal talent?

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Post by KRR[Jelle] » Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:50 pm

BC Witch wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:22 am
How about this for a crazy listen?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE8N3e08qIw
because it's not a real KISS Tribute album these cover songs are already listed separately at https://www.kiss-related-recordings.nl/ ... sions.html

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Post by KRR[Jelle] » Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:56 pm

Hi @Roomservice...
can you make me photo or scan of this 8 track tape , so I can list the details to my website https://www.kiss-related-recordings.nl/ ... sions.html

As far as I know the oldest KISS cover song is Let Me Go Rock 'n Roll (as "WC-Papaperi-75") by Finish band DEAD END 5, which is released on their "Finnlevy" vinyl LP ‎– SFLP 9593 see : https://www.kiss-related-recordings.nl/ ... 4_hth.html

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Post by KRR[Jelle] » Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:01 pm

ZachAttack wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:24 am
"Convoy: 20 Of Today's Hits" from 1976

THANKS ... didn't know about that one
https://www.discogs.com/Unknown-Artist- ... e/11788978

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